MotoGP: Misano Friday Practice Results

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MotoGP Friday FP1 Results

After dominating last weekend’s race at Indy, Dani Pedrosa opened up the Misano Grand Prix in strong fashion, the Repsol Honda rider quickest in MotoGP Free Practice 1 on Friday.

The Spaniard posted a 1:34.772 on the circuit in San Marino, becoming the only rider to break the 1:35 mark. On lap 25, he also posted the fastest lap of the circuit with his quick time.

The Honda RC212V was performing well at the 2.625-mile circuit; the second quickest man was Pedrosa’s teammate, Andrea Dovizioso. The Italian was 0.612 of a second slower than Pedrosa.

And like always, the other man on top was Pedrosa’s fellow countryman, Jorge Lorenzo. The Fiat Yamaha rider and series leader posted 1:35.444, and was the first of four Yamahas to post under the 1:36 mark.

Nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi posted the fourth quickest time, the Italian giving his home fans a 1:35.539.

The next two quickest times came from the American Monster Tech 3 duo of Colin Edwards and Ben Spies, respectively. Edwards, who struggled with suspension settings on his YZF-M1 at Indy, posted a 1:35.834.

Spies, who qualified on the pole at Indy and finished second there, posted a 1:35.892.

Then came the Ducati Team, as Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner were seventh and eight fastest. Hayden ran off the track, but wasn’t harmed. Stoner again reported his struggles with suspension setup on the Ducati GP10.

Ninth fastest went to San Carlo Gresini Honda rider Marco Melandri, and tenth went to Rizla Suzuki rider Loris Capirossi.

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 275.7 1’34.772
2. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 269.1 1’35.384 0.612 / 0.612
3. 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 268.5 1’35.444 0.672 / 0.060
4. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 265.3 1’35.539 0.767 / 0.095
5. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 264.9 1’35.834 1.062 / 0.295
6. 11 Ben SPIES USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 266.9 1’35.892 1.120 / 0.058
7. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 269.3 1’36.028 1.256 / 0.136
8. 27 Casey STONER AUS Ducati Team Ducati 269.3 1’36.072 1.300 / 0.044
9. 33 Marco MELANDRI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 271.8 1’36.126 1.354 / 0.054
10. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 269.9 1’36.277 1.505 / 0.151
11. 40 Hector BARBERA SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 272.3 1’36.293 1.521 / 0.016
12. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 270.4 1’36.454 1.682 / 0.161
13. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 265.9 1’36.533 1.761 / 0.079
14. 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 264.3 1’36.716 1.944 / 0.183
15. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 270.7 1’37.001 2.229 / 0.285
16. 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac Racing Team Ducati 266.3 1’37.697 2.925 / 0.696
17. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 267.7 1’37.900 3.128 / 0.203